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  • Britta Marakatt-Labba, Giron/Kiruna/Kieruna (detail, right section), 1989, triptych, collage and embroidery, 55 1⁄8 × 59".

    Britta Marakatt-Labba

    Lunds konsthall

    In 2017, the inclusion of Britta Marakatt-Labba’s vast embroidery Historjá (History), 2003–2007—a sweeping account of the Sámi people—in Documenta 14 risked framing the artist’s work merely as a manifestation of the current desire to decolonize the art world. But to so easily dismiss the light-handed narrative of resistance and oppression stitched into this work, which delves deep into the past, would be a mistake. Contained within the tapestry is the chronicle of the Sámi people, from the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century campaigns for their Christianization and the imposition of national

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